The Wii U won’t allow connections with social networks outside its Miiverse, says Nintendo.

The company instead hoped to give users access to the Miiverse from the 3DS as well as smartphones and PCs, sometime after the launch of Wii U.

Nintendo of Europe's Laurent Fischer didn’t see the point in connecting to Facebook or Twitter through the Wii U.

"I have three devices permanently doing that already, what is our benefit to do so also?"

Rather, he saw the Miiverse as a competitor to those services, but did admit that Nintendo were hardly ahead of the curve with their social strategy.

"On the Wii U we do have additional reasons for connecting, we talked about things like the video chat system, nothing revolutionary but it's going to be convenient, it's going to be easy.

"And the Miiverse is the one actually that I believe has a very unique feature which is we put ourselves in the situation of making sure the people you can communicate with they are somehow already in a kind of community. The community will be the Wii U owners, who will have this common interest for video games and our expectation about that is it's going to be a way to enhance the idea of sharing information on the video game."

The big selling point of the Miiverse was seeing what people were playing and saying, said Fischer.

"One thing that is very important to us is that somehow you could pick up information from people you trust, maybe on games that you wouldn't consider naturally. Because Miiverse will show you what are the topics or the games played at the moment within the community. And then you may have one interesting comment that will trigger your curiosity and then maybe you will get more information on that game and then at the end what is important to make sure people have different game play experiences. So considering a game that you wouldn't consider it's like enlarging your scope in terms of gaming, and that's the key point for us."